OTTAWA — Gabrielle Davidson of Pte. Claire, Que., scored twice and set up another goal as No.1-ranked McGill skated to a 5-1 road victory over Ottawa in CIS women’s hockey at the Minto Sports Complex, Saturday.
The win was McGill’s 41st consecutive win in regular-season play versus the Gee-Gees, since a 2-1 setback in the nation’s capital on Feb. 7, 2007, and improved the Martlets head-to-head record to 81-12-7 in 100 lifetime confrontations against Ottawa.
Davidson, a management junior who now leads the RSEQ conference scoring race with a 10-7-17 record in just eight games, gave the Martlets a 1-0 lead in the first period. She then set up linemate Leslie Oles of Beaconsfield, Que., for what proved to be the game-winner in the middle stanza and scored her 10th of the season on the power-play to send McGill into the intermission with a 3-0 lead.
The Martlets added their fourth and fifth markers in the final stanza, when all-Canadian centre Katia Clement-Heydra, who also had a three-point soiree, netted her fifth goal of the season, shorthanded, at 2:56 of the final frame. The native of St. Bruno de Montarville, Que., then set up Brittney Fouracres, a defenceman from Calgary, to make it 5-0 midway through the period.
“We played three periods tonight… our structure in the game today was sound from start to finish.” said McGill head coach Peter Smith. “It was one of the few league games that we’ve played this year with a full 60-minute effort. We certainly had everbody going today. Special teams were good, our 5-on-5 play was solid and we got good goaltending. All in all, a real good effort.”
Ottawa’s Vickie Lemire spoiled Taylor Hough‘s shutout bid with 3:48 remaining in the contest. Hough, an international development studies junior from Toronto, turned aside 19 of 20 shots for the victory, improving to 3-1 on the season and 9-2 over her career in league play.
Maude Lévesque-Ryan, a freshman from Rimouski, Que., made 24 stops in a losing cause for Ottawa, including a penalty shot by Erika Pyke at 18:59 of the middle period.
The Martlets looked very solid on special teams, going 1-for-4 on the power-play and snuffed out all eight shorthanded situations.
“The power play is definitely an area we need to work on but on the other hand they out-played us on the penalty kill,” said Gee-Gees head coach Yanick Evola. “They put Leslie Oles, Davidson, the top players in the country out there on the penalty kill with lots of speed and intensity and we couldn’t match it.”
Ottawa (3-5-0) has two games remaining before the December exam break. They host Concordia and Montreal, on Dec. 28 and 30, respectively.
McGill, which improved to 6-2-0, will close out their first semester schedule with a road game at Concordia (3-2-2) on Nov. 30 at 3 p.m. It will give the Martlets a chance at an early Christmas present as they hope to avenge a shocking 1-0 setback to the much-improved Stingers on Nov. 7.
McGill Sports Info Office
(Saturday, November 22, 2014 – uOttawa Sports Complex @ Ottawa)
GOALS BY PERIOD:
McGill 1-2-2 — 5
Ottawa 0-0-1 — 1
1, McGill, Gabrielle Davidson 9 (Clement-Heydra), 11:07.
Penalties-Psihogios Mcg (hooking), 4:04; Oles Mcg (slashing), 10:35; Chown Ott (tripping), 10:52.
Penalties-Murray Mcg (check to the head, check to the head), 8:22; Lemire Ott (hooking), 12:03; Oles Mcg (roughing), 12:54; Morissette Ott (tripping), 12:54; Lemire Ott (check to the head), 17:08; Cagianos Mcg (slashing), 18:59; Ottawa (tripping; PENALTY SHOT), 18:59.
Penalties-served by Psihogios Mcg (too many men), 1:07; Moffatt Mcg (bodychecking), 6:21; Prevost Ott (tripping), 14:01; Sutter Mcg (delay of game), 16:45.
Shots on Goal-
McGill 10-11-8 — 29.
Power Play Opportunities-
McGill 1 / 4;
Ottawa 0 / 8.
McGill, Taylor Hough (W, 3-1-0, 20 shots-19 saves; 60:00).
Ottawa, Maude Lévesque-Ryan (L, 2-3-0, 29 shots-24 saves; 60:00).
Start: 7:02 PM
End: 9:04 PM
Linesmen-Victoria Ozimkowski, Matt Klassen.